Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Nathan Fillion

I have a confession to make: I'm in love with Nathan Fillion. It started with a sick fascination when Fillion played Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (he was a very creepy dude with a bad Southern accent) and developed into full-fledged puppy love when I discovered Firefly, another Joss Whedon series. Fillion plays Mal, a soldier-cum-space pirate with a heart of gold and a ready pistol.
Malcom Reynolds, captain of the Firefly
These days, Fillion stars on one of my favorite shows, Castle. He's a super-successful and wealthy author who tags along after Kate Beckett, a serious NY detective, and helps the cops solve crimes. Castle's led a varied (and rather debauched) life though he's still managed to raise a perfect daughter and maintain a very successful career 99.9% of authors can only dream of. 
Castle with his "Writer" Flak Jacket
As a character, he's got to be a blast to write. He's intelligent, creative, adorable, and has a great sense of humor. Take this bucket list of Castle's, for example:
Castle's Bucket List (click HERE for full list--there are 50 items)
This bucket list is so telling about the character and his life. Most of this is never seen by the audience (though I'd like to see him juggle chainsaws and literally lose his pants gambling) but it gives a lot of insight into Richard Castle's quirky brain.

I think I'm going to have to try this technique out with one of my characters, just to see what might be on her bucket list. Then I might have to write one for myself. Skydiving, anyone? 

What's on your bucket list?

BTW, if you're a Nathan Fillion fan, don't miss him in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog where he plays Captain Hammer (it was available on Netflix last time I looked). Hilarious and tragic.


  1. He's probably my favorite actor! I love just about everything he's ever been in. Especially...Firefly!!!

  2. Big Firefly fan, and I adore him as the antagonist in Dr. Horrible's Sing A Long Blog.

  3. I'm a huge Firefly fan and I love Castle as well! Great choice for N :)

  4. I honestly had no idea who he was, but Twitter kept telling me to follow him.

  5. I love Nathan, too. Firefly remains one of my all-time favorites. Sigh. I still miss it.

  6. I know you have a more recent post, but I had to reply!

    In another universe Firefly is still a huge TV hit, but then again, we get to have Castle. Still, he rocks. I also loved to hate him in Dr. Horrible, and he was awesome in Buffy.

    Can't wait for the sequel to dr. Horrible now!

    Greetings from the A to Z trail,
    Sylvia @ Playful Creative